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Up-and-coming new faces of student government

by Jaymi Gooden - CAMPUS TALK EDITOR
Mon, Mar 27th 2017 11:00 pm
Emma Misiaszek/PHOTO EDITOR
DECISION TIME - Though many candidates are running unopposed and do not have to compete, such as Eli Madison (top right), Joshua Matthews (top left), Ben Kopcienski (second from top left), Mariam Kamagate (second from top right), Jack Merritt (second from bottom right), Jordan Small (bottom right), Shay Harris (to Small's left). Treasurer candidates Chantelle Nasri and Steven Penta still have to campaign for the position.
Emma Misiaszek/PHOTO EDITOR DECISION TIME - Though many candidates are running unopposed and do not have to compete, such as Eli Madison (top right), Joshua Matthews (top left), Ben Kopcienski (second from top left), Mariam Kamagate (second from top right), Jack Merritt (second from bottom right), Jordan Small (bottom right), Shay Harris (to Small's left). Treasurer candidates Chantelle Nasri and Steven Penta still have to campaign for the position.

 As Brockport Student Government President Devin Bonner prepares for graduation in May, BSG is planning for the 2017-18 academic year by beginning this year's annual election process. 

The campaign for student body president, vice president and other offices began, as always, with open debates. The first took place Monday, March 6, in the Seymour College Union at The College at Brockport in which candidates shared their plans to increase communication, inclusion and other campaign promises around campus. 

A small crowd attended the first debate and a similar audience followed suit for the second debate last Friday, March 24 in the same location.

The half-hearted response to this year's election is the exact anti-thesis to last year's frantic competition which resulted in Bonner's victory. 

Bonner and her running mate, Danielle Fenley, ran against multiple competitors, but this year's Presidential Candidate and current Chief of Staff Elisha Madison run unchallenged along with Vice Presidential Candidate Joshua Matthews. "It gives us a chance to focus less on campaigning, which is expensive and time-consuming," Matthews said. "Our faces will naturally become more known next year when we actually start implementing the projects that we're working on now."

Matthews, who is the current Chief Justice of BSG is an automatic shoe-in for Vice President. As is Madison for President. Since both are running alone, all each needs is just one vote to officially earn their sought out positions. They're not the only ones.

BSG has seven senator positions open next year but only six students are currently running for those positions. Among them are Chanque Peart, Jordan Small, Shay Harris, Mariam Kamagate, Ben Kopcienski and Jack Merritt. The seventh position will be offered next fall, according to BSG.

The only position that will generate a bit of competition is the office of Treasurer which is currently upheld by Zach Loveless who will also be graduating in May. Steven Penta, a seasoned member of BSG will be running against fresh-faced Chantelle Nasri. Nasri, who has never held a position in BSG, claims that her outside perspective will prove useful to the students at Brockport while Penta relies heavily on his experience, not only in BSG but as a business and finance major.

While the two treasurer candidates continue to face off, other candidates who are surely shoe-ins for Fall 2017 will continue to develop plans for the future.

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